Alto saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella has been a consistent presence in Chicago's music scene since the early 2000s, and his regular performances represent an aesthetically unique contribution to the city's jazz and improvised music culture. His two working trios and quintet are the primary vehicles for his endeavors as a composer and leader, while as a collaborator or sideman he has performed and recorded with such artists as Rob Mazurek, Frank Rosaly, Tomeka Reid, Avreeayl Ra, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Dana Hall. Mazzarella is also the curator of a weekly concert series held at Elastic Arts in Chicago, the Anagram Series.
1934 Conn Transitional Alto Saxophone
1926 Conn New Wonder Soprano
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Jody Espina daVinci / Rico H (alto and soprano)
Gonzalez, Local 627 cut
Hiscox Limited, Artist Model (alto)
Jakob Winter, Greenline Model (soprano)
Vandoren reed cases
Bichon Franc accessories
König & Meyer instrument stands
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[Mazzarella is a] student of jazz’s deep history and a freedom seeker unwilling to let
rules hold back expression.
— Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Anyone who follows jazz in Chicago knows that Mazzarella can summon tremendous
power on his instrument.
— Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Mazzarella’s prowess stems from his billowing timbre and clarity of thought.”
Neil Tesser, chicagomusic.org
To hear Mazzarella play saxophone is to bear witness to an exquisite young talent.”
— Kenneth Preski, Newcity Magazine